Author Archive: Sanhita SinhaRoy

Presenter Candice Benjes-Small at a podium gesturing as she speaks

It’s Not Okay

July 2, 2024

Benjes-Small addressed dozens of attendees at “‘It’s Not Okay. It’s Not Normal’: Sexual Harassment of Librarians and Implications for the Field,” a July 1 program held at the American Library Association’s 2024 Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego. Spurred by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Benjes-Small and Jennifer Resor-Whicker, university librarian at Radford (Va.) … Continue reading It’s Not Okay


10 Things Every Board Member Needs to Know

July 1, 2024

As libraries and library workers face censorship attempts, campus protests, and budget cuts, among other challenges, Harrington—a consultant and current president of the Timberland Regional (Wash.) Library board of trustees—led the program “Top 10 Things Every Library Board Member Should Know—but Often Doesn’t.” As the heart of an organization, the board must function as a … Continue reading 10 Things Every Board Member Needs to Know


Tapping In, Tapping Out

June 30, 2024

Three panelists and a moderator from BPL led a discussion at “When to Tap-In and Tap-Out: Nurturing Resilience and Renewing Bonds in Library Teams” at the American Library Association’s 2024 Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego on June 29. Moderator Nicole T. Bryan, branch manager at BPL’s Macon Library, said Tap-Ins are designed to … Continue reading Tapping In, Tapping Out


Kwame Alexander

Libraries Are Love

June 29, 2024

Alexander has written 40 books, including the Newbery Medal–winning title The Crossover and Caldecott-winning The Undefeated. He brought onstage his recent Emmy Award for the Disney+ television adaptation of The Crossover, thanking librarians for his success. “Librarians are some of the most important people in my life, and libraries are woven throughout so many of … Continue reading Libraries Are Love


The Accidental Leader

January 22, 2024

Meslener, head of the social sciences team and Mason Square Library at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, said it came when she was in a new leadership role and was told to work on the budget—without any training. “‘This is what we did last year,’” she recalled administrators saying. “‘Here you go, have fun.’” … Continue reading The Accidental Leader


Marcia Mardis, professor of information science, director of Florida State University's (FSU) Information Institute, and associate dean for research at FSU’s College of Communication and Information

Eyeing the Storm

January 21, 2024

Librarians Denise Gomez and Marcia Mardis are from Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, and they know a thing or two about natural disasters. The two researchers presented “Not Another Named Storm: Disaster Planning in Public Libraries” on January 21 at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore. They shared findings from their three-year Institute of … Continue reading Eyeing the Storm


David Delmar Sentíes, author and founder of nonprofit coding boot camp Resilient Coders, was the keynote speaker at the American Library Association's (ALA) 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration. The event, part of ALA's 2024 LibLearnX conference, took place January 21 in Baltimore.

‘We Need the Doers’

January 21, 2024

An estimated 200 people attended the 6:30 a.m. celebration on January 21 at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore. This year would have marked King’s 95th birthday. More than 20 library leaders from across the profession took the stage to read passages from King’s speech at the 1967 National Conference for New Politics in Chicago, an … Continue reading ‘We Need the Doers’


Children’s book author and two-time Newbery Medal recipient Kate DiCamillo speaks at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore.

This Is a Love Story

January 21, 2024

This precision of language is what has set apart beloved children’s book author and two-time Newbery Medal recipient Kate DiCamillo in her decades-long career. And the speech—which she delivered on January 20 at the American Library Association’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore—was one of sorrow but also hope. “Every story is a love story,” she … Continue reading This Is a Love Story


Librarians Melissa Del Castillo (left) and Hope Kelly

Is ChatGPT a Liar?

January 20, 2024

The two presented their findings on January 20 at the American Library Association’s 2024 LibLearnX conference in Baltimore. The 30-minute Ideas Xchange session, titled “ChatGPT Is a Liar and other Lessons Learned from Information Literacy Instructors,” was delivered to a standing-room-only crowd. Del Castillo, virtual learning and outreach librarian at Florida International University in Miami, … Continue reading Is ChatGPT a Liar?


Becky Calzada wearing a blue blouse, glasses and holding right hand in air as she speaks into microphone

Become Challenge-Ready

June 26, 2023

By working on these two areas, libraries can better prepare for potential materials challenges at their institutions, according to panelists on “Is Your Library Challenge-Ready?” a June 26 program at the American Library Association’s 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. “We can’t just hope it doesn’t happen and not be prepared for it,” said … Continue reading Become Challenge-Ready


Melanie Huggins, executive director of Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina, speaks in front of microphone with her hands in air

Rethinking Everything

June 25, 2023

Huggins co-presented with Patrick Quattlebaum, CEO of Harmonic Design, an Atlanta-based service design company, at “Leadership by Design: A Human-Centered Approach for Library Leaders,” a June 25 session of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Library leaders across the country—new and seasoned alike—are facing increasingly complex community challenges, from … Continue reading Rethinking Everything


Pictured: Erin MacFarlane wearing an orange jacket and has yellow hair speaks into microphone as Becky Calzada, wearing glasses with dark hair and a yellow shirt, listens

Louder Together

June 24, 2023

With the unprecedented number of book challenges in the United States this past year, “the rubber meets the road on advocacy when we’re working at the local and community levels,” said moderator Kent Oliver, retired Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library director and senior policy fellow in ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office. Oliver and a panel … Continue reading Louder Together